Poll: What do you use to make your web pages?

For anyone that's come by and looked at my site: http://dragonoftwilight.net, you'll notice one thing... IT LOOKS LIKE CRAP! (Then again, maybe it's just me and I'm using "author vision", where one's own works look like sins against the natural order, despite your best attempts at trying to make something decent and/or beautiful.) Now, I USED to use KompoZer, but I've recently switched over to SeaMonkey Composer, which isn't all that different.


So, to the main point, please list your site and what you used to make it. Something like...


Site: http://dragonoftwilight.net

Tool: SeaMonkey


I generally use a plain text editor or IDE with syntax highlighting. I mainly use gEdit on Linux and e - text editor on Windows. I also like Eclipse but find it a bit overkill for most projects. Any graphics are usually made with Photoshop or openCanvas.


Site: www.scintilliarium.com

Tool: Various text editors (mostly TextEdit), Fireworks/Photoshop (for graphics).


Site: http://www.DigitalNovelists.com and its subsites; http://www.MeiLinMiranda.com

Tool: Drupal


I designed www.guardiansofelidi.com to work with Drupal. The graphics were created in Photoshop, and I use Dreamweaver for the CSS/PHP I've had to do to beat Drupal into submission. This layout is heavily customized because I have a past as a graphic designer and am allergic to default templates even if they're prettier than anything I can do.


If I had to do it all over again, I might have saved myself the headache and gone with WordPress or Blogger- especially now that blogger allows pages. Now that I've got a grip on Drupal though, I am enjoying the power and flexibility of it.


http://tahjir.blogspot.com/

Tools: Blogger, Photoshop


I use a heavily-edited custom theme on Blogger, and Photoshop for 90% of the graphics. Mainly because site design terrifies me. I haven't even touched that stuff since text editors in grade school. >.>


I actually prefer Blogger, as I can mess around with it as much as I want, and when I do something stupid and make the entire site go white or something (which happens a lot more that I will admit) I can just plug in a back-up file. Back when I was starting I did check out Wordpress first, but blogger just seemed more newbie-friendly.


Site: http://www.loveandwartx.com

Runs on Wordpress. Coded in BBEdit. Laid out in Illustrator. Graphics done with Illustrator and Photoshop.


http://www.skipthebudgie.org

Drupal, my own theme..., coding (when needed) usually with notepad++


For coding: Jedit (a great text editor), Eclipse (an IDE with a lot of options), Komposer (it's free and decent for editing html, but insanely bad for coding due to an annoying tendency to move things around)

Graphics: Photoshop, the Gimp (depending on whether I'm on Windows or FreeBSD)

CMS: Wordpress, (though I've been experimenting with Drupal lately)


Unfortunately, the thing that makes a website look good isn't really the tools. It's more whether you've got a basic background in graphic design, allowing you to use the tools in a way that doesn't make the reader's eyes bleed.


A good beginning might be "The Non-designer's Design Book" by Robin Williams (not the comedian).


I just use Gedit and GIMP


But ya, Jim is correct...it is more the designer than the tools.


It is more about having good design sense than powerful tools when it comes to how your site LOOKS, but obviously the tools are more important when you're determining how you want your site to behave. Some tools have nicer templates available to download than others (specifically, I think there are some gorgeous wordpress templates out there, but the blogger defaults are kind of boring).


Site: Firebird Fiction


Runs on wordpress and uses a free template (Blueprint) because you could fit what I know about graphic design on the back of a postage stamp and even that exceeds what I know of php (which could fit on the head of a pin without disloging the dancing angels).


I did mess with the css to make it the colours I like rather than the default green.


The gorgeous masthead I paid for.


Sites: Apocalypse Blog, Starwalker and Adventures in Text (writing blog)

Runs on: Wordpress

Uses: Free themes, heavily modded to look the way I want them to (MT dark, Danika and Fabel, respectively). I usually go into the CSS and fiddle with the code until it does what I want (and try not to break anything).


I use Drupal on my site. I've got a custom theme based on Zen -- just took a little CSS tweaking to get it where I wanted it.


http://vjchambers.com


I used notepad++ to code and Photoshop for graphics.


I've also made some widgets on widgetbox.com.


I modified a free template from Blogger and then made my header using a Creative Commons photo from Flickr, which I modified in Photoshop (but GIMP is a good free alternative if you don't have PS).


www.eighthcirclestudios.com


Tool?: I hired a web designer to make a simple portal for the main website. I share this domain with a longtime friend and colleague of mine. I don't know what he used, but if I had to guess, it was probably photoshop. I strain the word "web designer" because the guy only does this on the side, and I only knew about him because a college classmate referred me to him. For those looking for a cheap web designer though, I can offer his contact information.


www.eighthcirclestudios.com/eikasia


Tool: Wordpress. Used the free theme "WP-Brown" and went nuts tweaking the theme to make it more stylish and interesting. Replaced the title text with an image logo (they say that's a no-no, but it couldn't be helped) and just recently put in a tooltip that brings up a caption when you hover over the cover images in the header. Tweaked the font color and did an overhaul on the post order to make my story readable. Tore out the ad code to put in project wonderful, which fits perfectly.


www.eighthcirclestudios.com/ns


Tool: Wordpress. Using the free theme "Elegant Grunge". Picked this one up because of the styled image frames and interesting (but simple) header. Didn't do much to this one as it's just for my author blog.


http://eighthcirclestudios.com/swordfish/


Tool: Wordpress. Used the free theme "Oulipo". I loved how minimal and easy to customize it was--the typography is beautiful. This is still a work in progress, but I've already gone ahead and replaced the title text with a logo image, and I hope to add more as the project picks up steam.


New her but here us my info:


Name: Kelly Zollo

Site: http://kellyzollo.com, all 3 sites I host can be found there including my serial West Lake


I use CSS, Dreamweaver and Photoshop for all my sites


Kelly


Blogger is a godsend for those of us who can't push a button without having our laptops explode.


Site: http://ayami.rain.org

Software: WordPress for the site, OpenOffice for composing the text content.